Arboretum Nature Club
COME EXPLORE WITH US!
Created in the style of our very popular summer camp, Nature Club is an enrichment program that connects children to the natural world through joyful, hands-on experiences and meaningful peer interactions. Designed for children 5 to 10 years old, Nature Club integrates playful explorations of our gardens with nature-themed science, art, and cooking activities. While fostering healthy child development skills and inspiring relationships with nature, this program unlocks fun, new avenues for children to learn and explore at their own pace with the garden as their classroom. Nature Club provides participants with a place to belong and develop autonomy while identifying as an ”Arboretum Kid!” A wonderful supplement to the school year, Nature Club is a drop-off program similar to camp where children participate independent of their guardians, led by quality, experienced educators.
Nature Club is offered as a weekend experience on Saturday morning.
Saturday Sessions: 9am-12pm
Led by Rachel Masters, Education Coordinator and Tony Martinelli, Youth Education Instructor.
4 Week January Session: Jan 14- Feb 4 9am-12pm REGISTER HERE
4 Week February Session: Feb 11- March 4 9am-12pm REGISTER HERE
4 Week March Session: March 11- April 1 9am-12pm REGISTER HERE
4 Week April Session: April 8-29 9am-12pm REGISTER HERE
4 Week May Session: May 6-27 9am-12pm REGISTER HERE
*4- week session pricing: $135 Members / $145 Non-Members
Tuesday Sessions: 3:30pm- 6:30pm
Led by Brooke Applegate, Director of Education and Tony Martinelli, Youth Education Instructor.
4 Week January Session: Jan 17- Feb 7 3:30-6:30pm REGISTER HERE
4 Week February Session: Feb 14- March 7 3:30-6:30pm REGISTER HERE
3 Week March Session: March 14- March 28 (3-week session) 3:30-6:30pm REGISTER HERE
*3 week sessions pricing: $105 Members / $115 Non-Members
4 Week April Session: April 11- May 2 3:30-6:30pm REGISTER HERE
4 Week May Session: May 9- May 30 3:30-6:30pm REGISTER HERE
*REFUND POLICY: Cancellations made up to two weeks in advance of session start dates will qualify for a full refund. The Los Angeles Arboretum Foundation reserves the right to cancel a class due to low enrollment or other circumstances which would make the class non-viable. If the Arboretum cancels a class, registrants will be offered a full refund. In the event any weeks are required to close due to public health concerns or mandates, refunds will be provided for the canceled dates.
“The Arboretum Nature Club is a wonderful experience! Currently, there are less opportunities for kids now to socialize, experience nature and breathe in fresh air while taking in the joy and laughter of new friends. Nature Club provides an enriching environment filled with stimulating activities, nature walks, and expressive movement and art projects. My child comes home each day exhausted and happy!”
“Arboretum Nature Club has given our 7-year-old daughter new friendships, appreciation for her natural environment, and lots of fresh air. She looks forward to her club days with an excitement and enthusiasm that makes us parents smile, especially during this past year. We have watched our daughter’s confidence and overall happiness blossom in her time at the Arboretum. She’s become a peacock and peahen expert, and an observing 7-year-old with a growing knowledge of and respect for her natural world. From the first days of summer Nature Camp onward through the Autumn and Winter clubs, [the staff] have consistently implemented and enforced the COVID-19 protocols while running a high-caliber, child-centered program, that most importantly is fun every day.”
“Our experience with the Arboretum Nature Club has been extraordinary. My daughter is so excited on the days she is able to attend and looks forward to seeing the other kids and staff. Equally important to the people at the Arboretum are the projects she creates. These projects have included various aspects of nature through engaging and educational activities after exploring the grounds. This has truly supported her social and emotional dexterity during this time.”
“This program at the Arboretum has been amazing for my child! She loves being out in nature and is learning so much about plants, science, insects, the list goes on. She comes home very happy and is excited to share about her day with me. We couldn’t ask for a better afternoon activity!”